Things That Make Me Feel Old AF

things that make me feel old

Full disclosure: I am not old. I am aware I am not old, but sometimes I feel old AF.

You know when you come across “modern” things that you just don’t understand? Or you suddenly realise that things from your childhood either no longer exist or have completely changed? Don’t you just hate that? Doesn’t it make you feel ancient?

Here’s just some of those things that makes this 26 year old feel incredibly out of touch with “the yoof”.

Things that make me feel old AF

Snapchat.

WHAT IS THIS?! So, I’ve downloaded Snapchat twice in recent times. Both times I opened it, looked at it for about 2 minutes to try and suss it out and then promptly deleted it. I just don’t get it…at all. Yet so many people seem to use it and understand it and here I am feeling as technophobic as my mother who has to ask me how to access her emails on her laptop. Same goes for Periscope BTW…I understand what it does, but I just don’t get it.

Pokemon.

I grew up loving Pokemon. It was one of the only things me and my brother had in common growing up. We had the best card collection ever I swear. Did you know Pokemon turned 20 recently? As if that’s not enough to make you start thinking about retirement, I now have no idea how many Pokemon there actually are. I am a Pokemon purist, meaning I refuse to believe there are more than 151.

I realise in my mid-twenties that I probably shouldn’t actually care about how many Pokemon there are, but it’s the principle y’know?

Dial Up.

Hands up who remembers dial-up Internet, and the arguments that would ensue when your Mum makes you sign out of MSN Messenger so she can use the home phone? If you fancy a slice of depressing nostalgia, there are actually videos on Youtube with the dial up tone.

What makes me feel super old about this is that kids today do not know the pain that dial-up was. They will never know the suffering of having to actually *wait* to get online and listen to that horrific ear-bleeding tone and the heartbreak when it didn’t connect.

Music.

There are two things about music that make me feel old. Thing number 1 – I have no idea, and couldn’t care less about who is in the charts right now. Not in a “I’m so alternative” way, but in a “whose got time to care?” sort of way. I still listen to a lot of the music I listened to 10+ years ago, with some Sia and T-Swizzle thrown in for good measure. I remember the days you actually listened to the charts on the radio, crossing your fingers that Westlife would be at number 1 again. What? Don’t judge me, we all had a Westlife song or 2 that we liked.

Thing number 2 – I recently found out that the “Now That’s What I Call Music” compilations are now at number 93. I swear I owned one or two that were in the 30’s region. That feels like such a  long time ago now…

What makes you feel old?

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      Cat Fyson

      It genuinely scared me that Pokemon turned 20 hahah! I’m sure I had one or two Now cassettes too! x

  1. Amy

    No I never loved Westlife!!! My friend and I were resolutely against them! I was strictly Take That and I know they weren’t around at the same time but I never got over them lol. x

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  2. Sarah

    Hahaha I can relate to most of these (although I must admit, I never did ‘get’ the whole Pokemon thing!). I don’t understand Snapchat at all and feel so old when some of my younger friends and always going on about it, and I love your mention of dial up & MSN – kids definitely won’t understand the pain! Great post, Cat 🙂
    Sarah @ hereyoume.co.uk

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      Cat Fyson

      Thank you, glad you enjoyed the post! Oh my god, Pokemon *was* amazing as a child – now it feels like it’s got out of hands, but I guess it has to stay fresh and relevant somehow! Snapchat just does not make sense to me at all…I’ll stick to the social media platforms I know, I think! Dial Up was the worst, wasn’t it? The amount of times I used to argue with my parents because I wanted to stay chatting to my friends on MSN who I had spent all day at school chatting too…seems so silly mow!

  3. Emma Farley

    Aw man, I feel ya! I asked some students the other day what they think we should be doing with our marketing and they said get on Snapchat and Periscope. I don’t wanna!

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      Cat Fyson

      I just don’t really see how those platforms are suitable for brands…but then again I am really out of touch, clearly! x

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  4. Denise M

    Yep Snapchat! I definitely don’t get the fuss over it either. Remember the dial up Internet, phone or the internet you couldn’t have both!! Moving on to the Nows I am definitely going to show my age here as I remember when Now 1 came out , I actually collect them so have Now 14 to present date. I even have the Dance 94 in your pic, it reminds me of my clubbing days

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      Cat Fyson

      I just cannot understand Snapchat, and it makes me feel so old! Wow, Now 1 must be pretty rare! x

  5. Katie

    All of these things! Haha! I downloaded Snapchat again the other day (first few times I totally didn’t get it) and now I’m addicted to watching people’s stories haha. It feels like a way to share photos that don’t need to be as ‘pretty’ as instagram.
    Also I saw a post earlier today that said in 4 years, 30 years ago will be the 90s. Now that’s scary!

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      Cat Fyson

      I kind of wish I got SC as I’d probably enjoy it…but it just seems weird! I cannot believe it is that close to being 30 years since the 90’s…I was born right at the end of 1989! x

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      Cat Fyson

      Hahahah wow, Backstreet Boys, eh? I listen to a lot of the “emo” music I used to…I was/am so cool… x

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      Cat Fyson

      The dial up tone still haunts me to this day! Remember the days when instead of Google we had those Dorling Kindersley programmes to find out info for our homework? Or am I really showing my age now… x

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